“I Just Kinda Know”: Elementary Students' Ideas about Historical Evidence

@article{Barton1997IJK,
  title={“I Just Kinda Know”: Elementary Students' Ideas about Historical Evidence},
  author={Keith C. Barton},
  journal={Theory and Research in Social Education},
  year={1997},
  volume={25},
  pages={407-430}
}
  • Keith C. Barton
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • Theory and Research in Social Education
Abstract This study examined fourth and fifth graders' ideas about historical evidence through a year–long qualitative study of two classrooms. It identifies significant strengths in students' understanding of the reliability of sources but also points to drawbacks in their use of evidence to reach conclusions. Although students could examine sources critically, they rarely did so spontaneously, and when developing historical accounts they either ignored explicit consideration of the… Expand
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